The Heat Pump Benefits for Florida Homes

December 2nd, 2019

How much do you think about your home heating in Clearwater, FL? Not much, we’d guess. Tampa Bay is a warm and tropical place, and many people travel from northern states to vacation with us during the winter because of how mild the temperatures are.

However, it’s still a good idea to have a central heating system for your home to deal with the occasional cool days. If you still think this isn’t a logical route for you, we’d like to introduce you to the heat pump. It’s an HVAC system that is an ideal fit for the weather in Tampa Bay and the comfort needs of homes. Many of our customers arrange for a heat pump installation when they decide to replace their old air conditioning systems—and most of those people love the heat pumps and the benefits they bring.

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How You Can Add Central AC to Your Older Home

November 18th, 2019
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Are you sick of using window air conditioners to provide cooling to your house? We don’t blame you. Although a window air conditioner can cool down a medium-sized room, it can struggle with larger areas—unless you add extra window units. Window ACs also block up light entering your house, look ugly on the outside of the house, create too much noise, and have poor energy efficiency.

But if you’ve never had central air conditioning in your home, how can you have a new AC system installed in Tampa, FL that will provide cooling throughout the rooms? Are window ACs the only affordable choice?

The answer is no. You may be surprised at how easy and affordable making the conversion to central cooling is.

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Regular Filter Changes Are a Year-Round Job

November 4th, 2019
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Can you imagine living in Florida without an air conditioning system in your house? You need to have cool air circulated around the rooms during most of the year, and even winters only give you a small break.

Because you run the central air conditioner in your house so frequently, there are some maintenance steps to remember. These aren’t as crucial in cooler parts of the country where air conditioners often go on vacation from October to May. But here in the Sunshine State, ACs need some special attention. In particular, they need to have regular filter changes throughout the year.

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Heat Pump or AC—Is There a Clear Choice?

October 21st, 2019

“Is there a clear choice between installing a heat pump or AC for my home?”

We’ll supply the answer we’d give for any choice between different types of comfort systems: “Yes—but you’ll need the help of professionals to find the clear choice for your circumstances.”

In other words, we can’t give you a definite answer on a blog post. Each home is different, and each homeowner has specific requirements. However, we can provide information about the AC/heat pump choice to help you understand the direction to head. When you’re ready, call our experts for heat pump or AC services in Clearwater, FL. We’ll put our knowledge to work locating the ideal installation.

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The AC Compressor—Understanding the Heart of Your Home Cooling

October 7th, 2019

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilYou don’t need to be an expert on the science and mechanics of air conditioning to enjoy cooling from an air conditioner, the same way you don’t have to be an electrical engineer to benefit from the lights in your house. Trained professionals exist to help you in these areas.

But extra knowledge of home services is always advantageous. When you understand the basics of the operation of your household cooling system, you’ll have a better idea when you need air conditioning service in Dunedin, FL.

Preamble over. Let’s examine the component at the heart of your air conditioning system: the compressor.

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How Old Is “Too Old” for an AC?

September 23rd, 2019

ac-unit-junkyardIf you are asking this question, it means you have reason to believe the current air conditioning system that cools your house is coming to the end of its service. People often begin to consider replacing their residential AC in the fall, right after another intense Florida summer. Maybe the air conditioner struggled to maintain proper comfort on the hottest day, the cost to run it has risen, it needed a pricy repair—or needs a pricy repair right now.

When you consider the question of whether it’s time for a new AC system installation in Tampa Bay, FL this fall or not, you’ll consider the age of the air conditioner. What is considered “too old” for a central air conditioning system?

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Give Your Air Conditioning a Summer “Report Card”

September 9th, 2019

Children are heading back to school, and in a few months they’ll start bringing home report cards. But you can hand out a report card before school starts: a report card for your air conditioning system. How did it perform its job this summer? Did it sail through the season and keep those electrical bills steady? Or did it hit a few bumps along the way?

Here’s a guide to help you grade your AC:

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What Low Refrigerant Can Do to An Air Conditioner

August 26th, 2019

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantAn air conditioning system is manufactured to use a specific amount of chemical refrigerant. This is known as an air conditioner’s charge. People often make the mistake of thinking refrigerant is an energy source for an air conditioner. It isn’t. The energy source of an air conditioner is electricity. Refrigerant is the heat transference medium that allows the air conditioner to move thermal energy outside of the house (cooling the indoor air) and exhausting it. The refrigerant evaporates and condenses in a cycle and never dissipates—so it will never get “used up.”

That doesn’t mean it can’t have a low charge, however! An amateur may have put the wrong charge in the AC when it was installed. The refrigerant lines can also corrode and develop leaks. Whatever the cause of an undercharged air conditioner, it means a range of problems and eventually a broken down AC.

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Why You Must Have Professionals for an AC Installation

August 12th, 2019

hand-holding-wrenchThe best way to ensure a great AC installation is to work with licensed HVAC professionals. In fact, this is the only way to do it—unless you are an HVAC professional yourself. Trying to take on the installation job on your own or allowing an amateur to do it is a big “nope.”

We understand the urge to save money with household jobs. It makes good sense to find places where you can trim annual spending. But it also makes good sense to know where trimming isn’t useful—where it can be harmful and end up costing you more in the long run. Allowing non-professional AC installation is one of those cases!

Below are reasons why you must never turn this task over to yourself or anyone else who lacks proper licensing.

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When a Ductless System Installation Makes Sense

July 29th, 2019

ductless-mini-splitUsing ductless air conditioning in Tampa, FL is a popular choice for many homeowners. Ductless systems are common in Europe and Japan—in fact, more common than standard split system air conditioners—and over the last decade have made a major impact in the US for both homes and businesses. They aren’t universal yet, however, so we’re going to go over times when installing a ductless heating and cooling system is a sensible move. You can speak to our HVAC experts for more information about ductless mini splits and when they can be the best benefit to a home.

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